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Opostega sp (TBC)

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Unidentified at Suppressed - 23 Oct 2019
Unidentified at Suppressed - 23 Oct 2019
Unidentified at Suppressed - 23 Oct 2019
Unidentified at Suppressed - 23 Oct 2019

Identification history

Other micromoths Opostega sp 8 Nov 2019 GlennCocking
Unidentified 3 Nov 2019 Paul Whitington

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Author's notes

Moth light sheet survey 23-24/10/19 extremely small and beautiful, but don't know where to start!

2 comments

   8 Nov 2019
The Opostegidae are at the primitive end of the taxonomy. There are many species, both named and unnamed, and they are not well understood. Well worth recording, specimens even better. Their particular characteristic is an "eyecap" of scales protruding from the base of the antennae over the eye, so the eye can only be seen from below. System won't let me "Add Species" at the moment.
   8 Nov 2019
Very nice to find one of these relatively primitive, monotrysian moths. There is a record on ALA of a species at Wingan Inlet that looks identical to this one (https://biocache.ala.org.au/occurrences/5f039bb7-6424-4eca-bcce-1a5d9f879342).

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Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 23 Oct 2019 8:31 PM Recorded on
  • Paul Whitington Recorded by
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